Giuliani meets with fired Ukrainian prosecutor who pushed Biden, 2016 claims: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' MORE's personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiDems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process House Democrats release second batch of Parnas materials Republicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment MORE met this week with a former Ukrainian prosecutor who made claims about former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial Hillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on Sanders-Warren feud: 'Don't play to the pundits, play to voters' MORE and the 2016 election that are now central to the House's impeachment inquiry, The New York Times reported Wednesday. 

The Times, citing people familiar with the meeting, reported that Giuliani met in Budapest on Tuesday with former Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko, who has made claims about an energy company where Biden's son Hunter Biden sat on the board. 

Giuliani also reportedly met Wednesday in Kyiv with other former Ukrainian prosecutors including Viktor Shokin and Kostiantyn H. Kulyk.


The former prosecutors have played a role in pushing damaging claims about Biden, a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and Ukrainians who spread unflattering information about former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDOJ releases new tranche of Mueller witness documents Treasury adviser pleads guilty to making unauthorized disclosures in case involving Manafort DOJ argues Democrats no longer need Mueller documents after impeachment vote MORE, according to The Times. 

The newspaper reported that Giuliani is using the trip to prepare episodes of a documentary series for conservative TV outlet One America News.  

Giuliani said in a Tuesday tweet that he was "working on an important project" with OAN that is meant to bring people information that has been "covered up" in the House's impeachment proceedings into Trump. 

On Thursday, Giuliani met with independent Ukraine lawmaker Andriy Derkach, who posted a picture with the former New York mayor on Facebook, The Washington Post reported.

“Rudolph Giuliani has arrived in Kyiv,” Derkach said in his post. “We met up immediately to discuss the establishment of the Friends of Ukraine STOP Corruption interparliamentary group.”


Formerly a member of a pro-Russian party in Ukraine’s parliament, Derkach reportedly said that he wrote letters earlier in the week to Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate GOP mulls speeding up Trump impeachment trial Democratic group plans mobile billboard targeting Collins on impeachment Paul predicts no Republicans will vote to convict Trump MORE (R-S.C.), Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesDemocratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' House Democrats release second batch of Parnas materials Democratic lawmaker says Nunes threatened to sue him over criticism MORE (R-Calif.) and White House acting chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyTrump trial poses toughest test yet for Roberts Collins says she's 'likely' to support calling witnesses for impeachment trial Schumer doesn't rule out calling Parnas to testify in impeachment trial MORE, asking for their participation.

Derkach told the Post that he believes that their involvement would help expose the misuse of U.S. aid by Ukrainian officials.

“We sent our proposal. We’re waiting for a reaction, an answer,” Derkach said.

“We’re waiting to see how much this is something that the congressmen and senators are in need of. If they want to work together, we’re ready,” he added.

Derkach also said that he gave Giuliani documents regarding allegations relating to the inefficient use of U.S. money on projects in Ukraine, but that the documents didn’t mention the Bidens.


However, according to the Post, Derkach previously led calls to investigate the Bidens and supposed Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election, theories that have been thoroughly debunked by analysts.

Trump's and Giuliani's dealings with Ukraine have come under scrutiny as part of the House's impeachment hearing. On Wednesday, constitutional scholars testified before the House Judiciary Committee as part of the impeachment probe. 

Trump and Giuliani have denied wrongdoing. 

This story was updated at 11:59 on Dec. 6. 

Marty Johnson contributed.